Denoting a custom in marriage whereby the husband goes to live with the wife’s community.
Early 20th century: from Latin mater, matr- ‘mother’ + local.
“Studies have shown us that the community was matrilocal in its set up.”
Originally: a bald head; a bald-headed person. In later use also: a pitiable, lowly, or foolish person; a shabby or unkempt person. Frequently used without article, as though a proper name.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. In some forms apparently partly from pilled + garlic and partly from peeled + garlic; in some forms apparently partly from pill + garlic and partly from peel + garlic.